Tyler Perry's 'Boo 2!' Set to Scare Up a #1 Finish
This same weekend last year saw Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween debut with a chart-topping $28.5 million, besting Tom Cruise and Jack Reacher: Never Go Back on its way to two straight weekends at #1 and nearly $75 million domestically. Boo! ranks as the second highest grossing in Perry's directorial career and this weekend Boo 2! hopes to find similar success, though it isn't the weekend's only new opener. Boo 2! is just one of five new wide releases saturating the marketplace this weekend. Others vying for a spot in the weekend top ten include WB's big budget disaster flick Geostorm, Sony's Only The Brave, Universal's The Snowman and Pure Flix's Same Kind of Different as Me. It's a very crowded marketplace, but other than Boo 2!, it doesn't look like »
- Brad Brevet
Hollywood’s Most and Least Profitable Stars Revealed
New data claims to name the most popular actor in Hollywood — and it might not be who you expect.
According to data compiled by PartyCasino, which analyzed box office numbers from 1980 to 2017 to determine Hollywood’s most and least profitable actors, Emilio Estevez takes the crown.
Estevez, whose Brat Pack heyday was in the ’80s and ’90s, topped the list with the best return of any top-billed male actor who has starred in at least 10 films. For every $1 spent on the leading man’s films, Estevez generated $6.70 at the box office. Jean-Claude Van Damme ranked second with $4.20 for each dollar, while other great investments were Mel Gibson ($3.50), Tyler Perry ($3), and Dudley Moore ($3).
Brad Pitt was the least profitable actor and returned only 10 cents for every $1 spent, followed by Johnny Depp (20 cents), Robert De Niro (24 cents), Hugh Jackman (25 cents), and Anthony Hopkins (26 cents).
PartyCasino had less extensive results for actresses, because, as a representative »
- Matt Fernandez
JJ Abrams Plans to Take ‘Star Wars’ Franchise ‘Elsewhere’
In a recent interview with the BBC, alongside composer Michael Giacchino, Abrams said, “Well, it’s certainly something that I’m aware of now working on ‘Episode IX’ — coming back into this world after having done ‘Episode VII.’ I feel like we need to approach this with the same excitement that we had when we were kids, loving what these movies were.”
Abrams added, “At the same time, »
- Umberto Gonzalez
French Actress Danielle Darrieux Dies at 100
Danielle Darrieux, a prolific French actress whose movie and theater career spanned eight decades, has died. She was 100.
One of France's best-loved actresses, Darrieux appeared in dozens of plays and more than 100 films during her long career.
Generations of French moviegoers watched her mature from a precocious, fresh-faced teen into a radiant nonagenarian starring in films into her 90s. Darrieux was born on May 1, 1917, in the southwestern city of Bordeaux.
Her father, an ophthalmologist, died when she was 7, and her mother supported the family by giving singing lessons. Darrieux was just 14 when she made »
- the Associated Press
China Box Office Forecast to Surge to $8.3B in 2017
China's movie box office is expected to surge 20 percent-plus in 2017, hitting a record total of $8.31 billion (55.0 billion yuan), the country's media regulator said Friday.
In yuan terms, the figure would be up 20 percent, while the growth in dollar terms would even hit 26 percent.
The sizable expansion would mark a major turnaround from 2016, when tickets sales grew by just 3.7 percent to $6.58 billion (45.7 billion yuan) after averaging 35 percent yearly gains for a decade.
The 2017 forecast was made by Zhang Hongsen, Vice Minister of the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, »
- Patrick Brzeski
How ‘Only the Brave’ Went From Magazine Pages to the Multiplex
Twenty stand-up, small town guys. An elite squad of first responders in the Arizona mountains. Everyday heroes whose loved ones suffered the “greatest loss of firefighters since 9/11.” Any studio head would likely break a finger motioning to greenlight that concept if it came through on spec, but that’s not how it was born. The story of Josh Brolin and Miles Teller’s “Only The Brave,” out Friday from Sony Pictures, happened in real life and was adapted from a widely-read 2013 GQ magazine story. Sean Flynn’s “No Exit” was published in the pages of the Conde Nast title in 2013 and. »
- Matt Donnelly
Busan: Hong Sang-soo Film Trio Set for U.S. Release
Specialty distributor, The Cinema Guild has acquired U.S. rights to a trio of films by South Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo. It acquired “The Day After,” “Claire’s Camera,” and “On the Beach at Night Alone,” which were represented by Finecut at Busan’s Asian Film Market.
Cinema Guild aims to release them theatrically in 2018, most likely after a suitable U.S. festival platform. The films have been widely licensed in other territories.
Also selling to the U.S. was “The Poet and the Boy,” which recently received its international premiere in Toronto and will next week play at the Tokyo festival. Rights were acquired by Altered Innocence. Written and directed by Kim Yang-hee, “Poet” stars indie actor-director Yang Ik-june (“Breathless”) and veteran actress Jeon Hye-jin (“The Merciless”).
Finecut, Korea’s leading indie sales house, also did business on Lee Won-tae’s “Man of Will,” which had its market premiere in Busan. The film was »
- Sonia Kil
Film Victoria Hires Caroline Pitcher as CEO
Pitcher was national Gm, film & television post production at Deluxe, from 2013-2016, and prior to that she was director, marketing & enterprise solutions at Omnilab Media. She has been a member of the Film Victoria board since 2012, and previously worked for the agency as Gm of the Melbourne Film Office between 2003 and 2007. Pitcher also served as a member of the Ausfilm International Board from 2009-2016 and as president of the Screen Services Association of Victoria from 2010-2012.
“(Pitcher) has made a strong contribution to the industry over more than a decade and to the Film Victoria board over the past five years. She has an intimate knowledge of the organization and the challenges and opportunities ahead for Victoria’s screen industry,” said Ian Robertson, Film Victoria board president.
“The Victorian screen industry is performing well. An »
- Patrick Frater
Jose Alvarez’s ‘The Gaze of the Sea’ Vies for the Top Docu Prize at Morelia
Executive produced by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (“The Revenant”), Jose Alvarez’s poignant docu “The Gaze of the Sea” (“Los Ojos del Mar”) turns on a prostitute who makes it her mission to help the families of shipwrecked fishermen lost at sea.
“Gaze” is produced by Julio Chavezmontes’ Piano, the Mexican lead-producer of Emiliano Rocha Minter’s “We Are the Flesh,” a carnal allegory of modern Mexico and another movie backed by Gonzalez Inarritu, albeit in terms of endorsement and promotion, which Piano released in Mexico on Friday the 13th of October. Alvarez’s shingle Alacran con Alas and Germany’s Sutor Kolonko are co-producers of “Gaze.”
“Alejandro is an old childhood friend and we both worked in radio, too,” said Alvarez. “He has always liked my documentaries; he finds them – inexplicably – more complicated to make than fiction features,” he mused.
After its debut in Morelia’s pix-in-post program Impulso where it won a berth on roving documentary »
- John Hopewell
Brenton Thwaites, Ben Robson to Star in 'A Violent Separation'
The two-hander, written by Michael Arkof and directed by Kevin and Michael Goetz, tells the story of a quiet Midwestern town, where a young sheriff, played by Thwaites, covers up a murder at the hands of his older brother, Ray (Robson). Neither of the young men are prepared for the passionate romance that blossoms between Norman and the victim’s younger sister, Frances, played by Alycia Debnam-Carey.
A Violent Separation, shooting »
- Etan Vlessing
Lumière Festival: Celluloid Angels to Give Anna Karina Directorial Debut “Vivre Ensemble” 4k Restoration
Lyon — Hundreds of cinema restoration professionals meet in Lyon each year, as well as filmmakers, actors, and superfans, to admire and discuss cinematic gems, which might otherwise become victims of time and technology.
At this year’s festival Jean-Luc Godard’s iconic muse, Anna Karina, gave a master class and introduced the restoration of her 1973 directorial debut “Vivre Ensemble.” Also in town were the film’s original co-producers, the legendary Société Nouvelle de Cinématographie (Snc), a company with more than 80 years of production history in France. The film is in the process of a 4k update from the original Super 16mm negatives, with the restoration being handled by crowdfunding platform Celluloid Angels.
The film is set in the St Germain neighborhood of Paris’ Latin Quarter and the spirit of the late ’60s and pre-oil crisis ’70s sets the backdrop for the film’s love story. It was selected for the 1973 Cannes Film Festival Critics’ Week line-up.
- Jamie Lang
How ‘Scandal’ Just Explained the Reality of Sexism With One Witty Remark
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read on if you haven’t watched Thursday’s episode of “Scandal”) Former President Fitzgerald Grant (Tony Goldwyn) isn’t sexist (at least his character doesn’t portray any blatant signs of being so), but even he got a very real reminder of just how unfair life can be for women. Thursday night’s episode of “Scandal” focused mostly on what President Fitzgerald Grant has been up to since he’s been pretty Mia since the start of the season. Basically, he’s trying to live a regular life in Vermont in the house he »
- Rasha Ali
La Dodgers Defeat the Cubs, Head to the World Series for First Time in 29 Years
The Chicago Cubs had their year — and 2017 wasn’t it. This time, it was the L.A. Dodgers who broke a drought by winning the National League pennant and heading to the World Series for the first time in 29 years. The Dodgers took down the Cubs 11-1 and won the series 4-1 in what can only be called a domination. And they did at Wrigley Field, to really rub salt into the wound. Enrique Hernandez’s three home runs led the Dodgers to their happy ending and gave them the opportunity to face either the Houston Astros or the New York Yankees in. »
- Debbie Emery
Film Review: ‘Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween’
In his career as a writer, director, actor, mogul, and one-man filmmaking factory, Tyler Perry has given us shamelessly over-the-top demon-yuppie melodrama; exuberantly dirty-minded dress-up burlesque; squeaky-clean family soap opera; a rare bid for prestige with his 2010 adaptation of “For Colored Girls”; and, in last year’s “Boo! A Madea Halloween,” his message-movie version of a fright-night comedy. But with “Tyler Perry’s Boo 2! A Madea Halloween,” Perry pushes into novel terrain. He has made a slasher movie, or the satire of a slasher movie, or the world’s most purposefully ineffectual slasher movie, or something. Even if you’re just looking for a Tyler Perry night out, be very afraid. (One qualification: Uncle Joe gets some tasty nasty lines.)
On her 18th birthday, Tiffany (Diamond White), the parochial-school heroine of the first “Boo!,” with her normal-girl-meets-Teen-Vogue generic Barbie-doll hauteur, is invited to another Halloween frat party thrown by the geek muscleheads of Upsilon Theta. Perry stages »
- Owen Gleiberman
'Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween': Film Review
It probably goes without saying that there are no scares in Tyler Perry's Boo 2! A Madea Halloween, the latest vehicle for Perry's cross-dressing claim to fame. And after this many films and stage plays in Perry's poor-man's-Klumps franchise, a viewer can probably guess exactly how many laughs he or she will get from it, too. Either you're part of the fan base that keeps this staggeringly untalented director making movies, or you can barely imagine finding him funny. Representing the former group in a Manhattan multiplex Thursday night, a woman who had chucked five times or so and truly »
- John DeFore
‘Will & Grace’ Creators Tell Us Why Mike Pence Inspired Jack’s Gay Grandson
(Spoiler warning: This story contains plot details about Thursday’s “Will & Grace“) Jack met his grandson on this week’s “Will & Grace,” and vice president Mike Pence inadvertently made that happened. Series co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan told TheWrap that their decision to introduce Skip — whose father is Jack’s son Elliot (Michael Angarano) — came about following Trump’s 2016 election win and in light of Pence’s link to so-called “gay-conversion therapy.” Also Read: Sean Hayes Regrets Not Coming Out as Gay During 'Will & Grace' First Run “It must have come from our interest in wanting to do an episode on conversion. »
- Ryan Gajewski
‘Torch Song’ Theater Review: Harvey Fierstein Passes It to Michael Urie
It turned out to be a downright risible night at the Tony Awards. On June 5, 1983, “Torch Song Trilogy” beat out “Plenty” and “‘night, Mother” for best play of that Broadway season. Granted, the David Hare and Marsha Norman plays have not been blessed with stellar revivals to enhance their reputations since then, but at least no one ever felt the need to cut huge chunks from either work or change the title. A revival of Harvey Fierstein’s “Torch Song” opened Thursday at Off Broadway’s Second Stage; it’s 45 minutes shorter than the original, and is performed with only. »
- Robert Hofler
Lupita Nyong'o Details 'Bully' Harvey Weinstein's Advances in New Op-Ed
Lupita Nyong'o adds her name to a growing number of actresses (including Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Rose McGowan and Cara Delevingne) who are detailing their experiences of alleged sexual assault, abuse and/or harassment at the hands of producer Harvey Weinstein. In an Op-Ed for The New York Times on Thursday, Nyong'o said she had several encounters with him long before her breakout role in 2013's 12 Years a Slave. The New York Times was the first to break the story of Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assaults and abuse.
Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele’s ‘Last O.G.’ Loses Showrunner John Carcieri (Exclusive)
TBS’ comedy “The Last O.G.” has lost its showrunner: John Carcieri is exiting the series from Tracy Morgan and “Get Out” mastermind Jordan Peele, the network tells TheWrap exclusively. In addition, the series, which stars Morgan as a former prisoner trying to rebuild his life on the outside, will be pushed to sometime in spring 2018, a TBS rep said. It was originally scheduled to premiere next Tuesday, Oct. 24. The decision to delay the premiere was made in August, the rep said, but has not been widely publicized. Carcieri is also a writer and co-executive producer on HBO’s “Vice Principals, »
- Ryan Gajewski
Dmg Entertainment Makes Offer for 10 Percent Stake in Forbes Media
Beverly Hills-based Dmg Entertainment has offered to buy a 10 percent stake in business publisher Forbes Media, the company told TheWrap Thursday. The deal would also give the company, which has strong ties to Hollywood and China, “greater China rights” to the Forbes brand, Forbes’ Hong Kong-based owner Integrated Whale Media said in a filing. The purchase would be made from Dmg’s publicly listed Chinese component, Dmg Yinji. Dmg Yinji plans to use a Hong Kong-based, Dmg-branded entity to establish a $256 million investment fund with several partners. The fund would then acquire full control of an entity called Fbs Entertainment. »
- Matt Pressberg
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